Going to School in India - Mini-Books for Children

 
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Nov 14, 2012

Going to School, why stories change the world

Going to School in India Mini-books, are a celebration of what school can be, from going to school in a tent in a mud desert to going to school in the dark with solar lanterns. These stories have been shared with children across India for almost 10 years, and still, we receive almost daily requests from children, teachers and schools to receive the stories. Perhaps, because 10 years later, it's still a story that children want to read - about school, about other children, with colorful, beautiful design and photography, a story about how fun school can be in India.

Thank you for making our 10 year celebration possible, as we head into 2013, we'll be celebrating all year to send as many books as we can to children in Government Schools in India. 

Over the past four months, we've our set of 10 books to many schools and in each set, we place a stack of pre-paid postcards for children to send us their responses and questions. It's wonderful to receive postcards from children. In the age of online, email and APPS, it's still only a book that reaches the poorest children in India and in response, a postcard that they can send to us.

‘Going to School in a Mud Desert’ is the most popular story! Saurabh Anand from 10th standard wrote, ‘It’s amazing how children come from far and wide to attend this school in the desert, where there was no water to drink for miles and miles. Some of these children dreamed of being teachers in this very school in a tent.” Prakash from a school in Udaipur wrote, “For a child to walk barefooted to a school in the desert takes true will power. So much, for a good education. We should all learn from this story.” These postcards inspire us, we hope they inspire you too.

With our best wishes,

 

Going to School.

Aug 14, 2012

Girls in Rajasthan read Girl Stars books

Postcards from girls
Postcards from girls

We’ve been sending Going to School’s series of books, Girl Stars to girls in schools in Rajasthan, with your help we’ve reached over 5,000 girls so far!

When we send sets of books we send them with prepaid postcards. We ask girls to send us their questions, observations and thoughts about the stories. We try to answer their questions by sending postcards to them in return.

Thanks for sending so many stories to girls in schools in India.

With our thanks.

Going to School.

 

Shenaz Bano “I really like these books, just like Madhuri achieved success by going o school. I will study hard and I will be successful one day. I would like to know what challenges she faced to become a teacher? I think about all these Girl Stars that they have earned and completed their studies and despite their parents was against them they still studied, and I am amazed.”

Daulat Bano, “I know Girl Star, just like in the stories. My aunt was illiterate and my uncle made her study and today she is working in a bank, she has kids too!”

Aditi Jinada, “I want to become a Girl Star, if I get a chance to meet them I would like to ask them what all they had to face and how long it took them to become successful.  I know about my friend’s mother who got married at a young age and she has to struggle hard for her studies and her in-laws have helped her to study.”

 

 

May 8, 2012

Going to School in a Mud Desert

What is it like to go to school where you go to school?

This is a question that children ask each other when they meet around the world. It's also a question that children ask each other in India. What is it like to go to school in Kashmir, on a lake? In Tamil Nadu, by the sea? In Gujarat, in the middle of a Mud Desert? 

Going to School in India mini books are meant for children age 8+ to celebrate what it is like to go to school in India and be inspired. To learn through activities that are relevant to where children live, to be able to learn about other children.

Since Going to School in India was published 9 years ago, Going to School Mini Books in regional languages have been distributed to over five million children in 45,000 Government Primary Schools. The stories have also been incorporated in national curriculum.

To go to school and be inspired is a gift, a story helps children believe they can make it come true.

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Feb 15, 2012

Children's Responses to Going to School books

Going to School on a Mountaintop
Going to School on a Mountaintop

Responses of Children on Reading Going to School in India mini books

Going to School (GTS) continued to send a set of 10 Going to School in India mini books in Hindi to schools across India. 

Going to School in India books are a celebration of school going experiences of children all over India. 10 books in the series include:

  • Going to School in a Mud Desert
  • Going to School on Wheels
  • Going to School in a Tribe
  • Going to School on a Mountaintop
  • Going to School on a Railway Station Platform
  • Going to School in a Temple
  • Going to School in the Dark
  • Going to School by the Sea
  • Going to School on an Island in the Middle of a Lake
  • Going to School under a Mango Tree

Some of the responses of the children are - 

“I found these books in my school library and I enjoyed reading them.”

Saurav, Grade8, Arpan School, New Delhi

 

“I really like these schools. The children learn so much and have fun too. I wish I could also go to a school like this.”

Priya Rana, Grade8, Arpan School, New Delhi

 

“From this book we learnt that it is important to work together and to help others. We got to know that there are so many poor children in our country who find it difficult to get to school like Haider who goes to school on a wheelchair.”

Rahul Kumar, Grade8, Arpan School, New Delhi

 

“My school is different because we not only get good education but it helps children like me who cannot pay for education get free education.”

Mohan Babu, Grade8, Arpan School, New Delhi

 

“We usually do not get such nice books in our school and no one asks us such insightful questions as well. We do not get home work which involves going out and doing exciting things like interviewing the fishermen. I loved reading these  books.”

Shivani Pal, Grade8, Arpan School, New Delhi

 

“I liked these school a lot because the children in these schools get to learn about so many different things and they learn all this in entertaining ways like through a puppet show.”

Mahesh, Grade8, Arpan School, New Delhi

 

“I read about children who are not able to study because they are poor and how these schools help them. I realized how fortunate we are to be able to go to a good school.”

Rohit, Grade8, Arpan School, New Delhi

Going to School on a Wheelchair
Going to School on a Wheelchair
Going to School in the Dark
Going to School in the Dark

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Apr 13, 2011

Going to School books to more schools in Delhi

Going to School in India

 

Description: Going to School books are a celebration of what school can be.

10 mini books tell the story of going to school in India through the eyes of a child who goes to school in places as unusual as a mud desert, in the dark, on a mountaintop and by a wheelchair.

 

  1. Going to School on a Mountain Top
  2. Going to School in a Tribe
  3. Going to School in the Dark
  4. Going to School in the Middle of a Lake
  5. Going to School in a Tent
  6. Going to School on Wheels
  7. Going to School in a Temple
  8. Going to School under a Mango Tree
  9. Going to School by the Sea
  10. Going to School on a Railway Station Platform

 

Target Audience: Children age 8 to 14

 

Print Run: GTS printed 1000 sets of mini books in Hindi.

 

Schools

Now we aim to reach over 100 schools in Delhi. These will be private aided or unaided schools. The monthly fee for these low-cost private schools is really minimal and most children living in slums attend these schools. By sending books to these schools we will be able to reach a group of children we have not been able to reach ever before.

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